The former Fort Campbell Army major accused in the 2015 Pembroke triple murder case will be represented by a public defender.
During a pretrial conference in Christian Circuit Court Wednesday morning, defense attorney Michael Thompson had previously filed a motion to withdraw from the case based on the fact his client, Christian “Kit” Martin did not have the funds to retain him in this case.
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Assistant Attorney General John Heck, who is prosecuting the case, did not have any objections to Thompson withdrawing. Christian Circuit Judge John Atkins then granted the motion and appointed public defender Eric Bearden to represent Martin.
Bearden indicated to the judge he has received the discovery and additional discovery is on its way. Heck asked Judge Atkins to allow them a couple of months in order to give them time to get all of the discovery to Bearden.
Martin is accused in the murders of Calvin and Pam Phillips and their neighbor Ed Densereau in November 2015. He was indicted by Christian County Grand Jury on May 12, 2019 for three counts of complicity to murder, second-degree burglary, attempted arson, and three counts of complicity of tampering with physical evidence. He was arrested for the murders the following day at the Louisville International Airport.
Judge Atkins set another pretrial conference for September 18 at 11:00.
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